Even if children don’t listen, that doesn’t mean we quit talking
Wed, 3/06/09 – 20:03 | Comments Off
Even if children don’t listen, that doesn’t mean we quit talking

Forget the fruits and veggies and go ahead and binge on the burgers. You’ll eventually have to turn your kids loose on the world anyway, where their friends, television and school might be a bigger …

Stop the deadly spread of … eczema
Wed, 3/06/09 – 11:27 | 2 Comments

Here’s one I never would have guessed in a million years would have been an issue for Big Guy at school: Eczema.
He’s had outbreaks lately, which he does this time every year as the weather …

Riding on trikes with boys
Wed, 3/06/09 – 11:10 | Comments Off
Riding on trikes with boys

It occurred to me this week that I had a set of conflicting goals: Get Big Guy to school on time and get Boots out of the stroller.
I’d served Boots his eviction notice about a …

Digital text books a great idea, but by this fall?
Tue, 2/06/09 – 20:30 | 4 Comments
Digital text books a great idea, but by this fall?

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s push to put free digital textbooks in Californias high schools by this fall is so enticing on so many levels, the biggest of which is in the fewer number of trees that …

Epiblogue: Mourning hand-me-downs that were ugly until handed down
Tue, 2/06/09 – 10:15 | Comments Off
Epiblogue: Mourning hand-me-downs that were ugly until handed down

One set is fire-engine red and silky-soft enough to sleep in. The other is gold and blue and could pass for a soccer uniform.
And both set off a pout so prominent Big Guy was in …

Clearing the way to scorch the earth
Mon, 1/06/09 – 20:45 | 2 Comments

Is this what you really wanted, Californians, when you stayed home in droves two weeks ago from a special election?
Did you really intend to send the message that massive and debilitating budget cuts are the …

A night owl says learns to say hello to morning
Mon, 1/06/09 – 11:20 | 2 Comments
A night owl says learns to say hello to morning

My memories of life as a night owl date back to early grade school, when I’d lie in bed and gaze at fireworks from the county fair and wonder why I couldn’t be outside for …

Another charter school “success” story
Sun, 31/05/09 – 20:49 | Comments Off
Another charter school “success” story

American Indian Public charter school in Oakland has a history of students with high poverty rates who achieve some of the highest standardized test scores in the California.
It also has a history that includes shaving  …

What we need is National Front Yard Week
Sat, 30/05/09 – 23:21 | Comments Off
What we need is National Front Yard Week

We put in a cameo appearance in our front yard this evening and, as usual, it was pretty lonely. Just the guys, me, a bubble sword and a little girl gazing out her bedroom window.
A …

Lipstick or complaining? Which will it be?
Sat, 30/05/09 – 8:17 | Comments Off

Poor Boots. He wakes up every morning chirping with the birds and with a cheery greeting. “It’s a beautiful day!”
Somewhere along the line, though, the grind of the world beats the beauty out of it …

Peanuts and pets at altitude
Fri, 29/05/09 – 22:34 | 2 Comments
Peanuts and pets at altitude

Want to kick off a cat fight? Confine hundreds of people in a cramped, narrow tube 30,000 feet above the ground and put them in proximity to something they can’t stand.
In the case of Southwest …

One man’s junk is one woman’s precious memories
Fri, 29/05/09 – 10:09 | Comments Off
One man’s junk is one woman’s precious memories

I can’t explain why it started, but I can say exactly when it began.
It was on a trip to Phoenix while I was in college – my first venture west of the Mississippi. I wanted …

A SWAT for getting involved in a college prank
Thu, 28/05/09 – 21:11 | 5 Comments
A SWAT for getting involved in a college prank

He’s a hacker considered “a master of the trade amongst his peers.” He even had two operating systems on his computer and used a prompt to issue commands!
Therefore, in January police in Boston had to …

Why I’ll give in to the evil goody bags
Thu, 28/05/09 – 11:30 | Comments Off
Why I’ll give in to the evil goody bags

Of late I dread the end of every party the guys go to, not because they’re going to cry as the fun comes to a close but because they’re going to line up with their …

Why sleep at night? Isn’t that what school’s for?
Wed, 27/05/09 – 20:00 | Comments Off
Why sleep at night? Isn’t that what school’s for?

Multitasking ain’t all it’s cracked up to be. Particularly for this generation of teens, which learned the art of the overload practically from the cradle.
Take a few electronic gizmos – say, a computer and a …

Longing for the genteel terrible twos
Wed, 27/05/09 – 11:23 | 2 Comments
Longing for the genteel terrible twos

The problem with a 3-year-old’s tantrums is that they’ve lost the mystery, the romance.
When a 2-year-old throws a fit, you can patiently run through the list of usual suspects. “Are you hungry? Do you need …

Shhh! Don’t tell anyone about the salmonella
Tue, 26/05/09 – 22:09 | Comments Off
Shhh! Don’t tell anyone about the salmonella

Setton Pistachio’s stupid manufacturing trick isn’t quite in the league of Peanut Corporation of America, which knew its products were tainted with salmonella but shipped them anyway.
At least Setton reroasted pistachios that tested positive for …

Bargains in the bulk candy bin
Tue, 26/05/09 – 11:30 | 2 Comments
Bargains in the bulk candy bin

Somehow, probably because of food allergies, the guys had managed to make it to the ripe old ages of 5 and 3 without discovering the joys of the bulk-candy bin.
That changed Sunday, and they now …

Danger! Spinach lurking ahead!
Mon, 25/05/09 – 22:41 | Comments Off
Danger! Spinach lurking ahead!

Big Guy loves spinach.
He gobbles it in marinara, complaining, in fact, about commercial varieties that don’t have enough “spice.”
If you tell him he likes it, though, he will deny it to his dying breath. He’s …

Garlic-free ginger vinaigrette dressing
Mon, 25/05/09 – 21:31 | Comments Off
Garlic-free ginger vinaigrette dressing

This is another fine recipe inspired by sheer boredom: I wanted salad for dinner this evening and I’m deathly tired of Big Guy’s favorite ranch dressing.
Not that I’m complaining, mind you. At least he’s eating …

Review: Delallo Tomato Basil Pasta Sauce
Mon, 25/05/09 – 21:00 | Comments Off
Review: Delallo Tomato Basil Pasta Sauce

It was late on a Friday and we were still at the grocery store way past dinner time, which means the guys were prone to beg for extras and I was inclined to give in.
That …

History lessons close to home
Mon, 25/05/09 – 0:28 | Comments Off
History lessons close to home

It was the kind of event I would have done anything to dodge when I was a young reporter : Stand in the sun for hours on a weekend at a “fun” event and pray …

Off we go into the wild blue yonder
Sun, 24/05/09 – 22:24 | Comments Off
Off we go into the wild blue yonder

Sunny skies, highs only in the 80s, a slight breeze and a perfect day at a little boy fantasy land filled with police cars, fire engines, ambulances and airplanes.
Mostly airplanes. Lots of airplanes.
Though Castle Air …

Yell if you’re hungry – otherwise, see you in September
Sat, 23/05/09 – 23:54 | Comments Off
Yell if you’re hungry – otherwise, see you in September

Good thing I left accidental wiggle room when I vowed – or maybe I ranted – recently that not another toy would come into the house until the guys cleaned up the pile of junk …

Review: Pasta Roni shells and white cheddar
Sat, 23/05/09 – 23:00 | Comments Off
Review: Pasta Roni shells and white cheddar

The blue box had sat in the cabinet for months, waiting on Big Guy to get past his lust for the other blue box – the one he adored before we started avoiding dye. The …

Don’t pee in the pool – apparently we need to hear that
Fri, 22/05/09 – 23:56 | 4 Comments
Don’t pee in the pool – apparently we need to hear that

Is it necessary for Centers for Disease Control experts to remind us to not pee in the pool? Don’t they have more important things to handle, like maybe swine flu or West Nile?
Do we really …

Party, but also pause and reflect
Fri, 22/05/09 – 13:01 | Comments Off

My inbox is a strange place, which is why at times I’ll find a cupcake recipe next to a CNet review on the best earbuds for under $100 – $100 for earbuds? Stunning.
One day this …

A SWAT for wasting money – for the children
Fri, 22/05/09 – 0:55 | Comments Off
A SWAT for wasting money – for the children

You just gotta love California, though I suspect the state’s predicament is more amusing to residents of the other 49 than it is to those of us who live here.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Legislature …